PIMS Workshop on Mathematical Sciences and Clean Energy Applications

  • Start Date: 05/21/2019
  • End Date: 05/24/2019

University of British Columbia


To avoid the worst consequences of climate change, the energy chain of the global economy must be drastically decarbonized. This exploratory workshop will build a greater dialogue between those in the mathematical sciences and the clean energy sector. The workshop will include: first-hand accounts of mathematical scientists working in clean energy projects, kind and gentle introductions to clean energy systems and mathematical tools, graduate student presentations, and panel discussions on topics such as challenges in clean energy. The goal of the workshop is to inspire interest in further exploration and to nucleate collaborations between mathematical scientists and practitioners in clean energy. Mathematical scientists with no previous experience in
clean energy research are welcome.


Confirmed Speakers:

  • Eric Anderson, PhD, Head of Technology, Anderson Optimization
  • Aleksandr Aravkin, Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics, UWashington
  • Tony Bi, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Associate Director, Clean Energy Research Centre, UBC
  • Matthew Breakey, P.Eng, Senior Specialist, WSP, Wind Energy, Nanaimo, BC
  • Curran Crawford, Associate Professor of Engineering, UVic
  • Matthew Davison, Dean and Professor of Statistical and Acturial Sciences, University of Western Ontario
  • Guy Dumas, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Director of CFD Laboratory LMFN, ULaval
  • Nima Fathi, Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico
  • Michael Friedlander, Professor of Computer Science and Institute of Applied Mathematics Director, UBC
  • Lorne Gettel, PhD, Co-founder and President,  Electra Motor Corporation
  • Bhushan Gopaluni, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Associate Dean of Applied Science, UBC
  • Stéphane Goute, Université Paris 8
  • Takashi Hikihara, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Advanced Electrical Systems Theory Lab, KyotoU
  • Clayton Hiles, MASc, P.Eng Senior Research Engineer,Pacific Regional Institute for Marine Energy Discovery (PRIMED) & Institute for Integrated Energy Systems (IESVic
  • Rajiv Jaiman, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Seaspan Shipping Chair, UBC
  • Younghun Kim, Director of Data Science, Utopus Insights
  • Artem Korobenko, Assistant Professor of  Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, UCalgary
  • Justine McMillan, Scientist, Rockland Scientific International
  • Iain Moyles, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, York University
  • Elena Popovici, PhD, Senior Computer Scientist, Neurio Technology Inc.
  • Deniz Sezer, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Calgary
  • Blake Shaffer, Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University
  • Akeel Shah, School of Engineering, University of Warwick
  • Taraneh Sowlati, Professor of Forestry, UBC
  • Pang-Chieh Sui, PhD, Professor of Automative Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology
  • Anatoliy Swishchuk, Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, UCalgary
  • Mike Thiessen, Manager, Sustainable Research, Genus Capital Management
  • Pascal Van Hentenryck, Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Tech
  • Cameron Wade, PhD Student, UVictoria
  • Antony Ware, Professor and Head of Mathematics and Statistics, UCalgary
  • Andrew Weaver, Member of BC Legislative Assembly and Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences, UVictoria
  • Brian Wetton, Professor of Mathematics, UBC
  • David Wood, Schulich Chair in Renewable Energy, Professor of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, UCalgary


Session Topics:

1. Wind

2. Energy Market Modelling

3. Water

4. Optimization

5. Solar

6. Storage and Distribution

7. Electrochemical 

8. Energy policy 



Download the event poster below! 




Background Document:

More information  on this meeting, and its goals can be found here.



Bill Aiello, UBC

Richard Karsten, Acadia University

Brian Marcus, UBC
Vakhtang Putkaradze, UAlberta

Pacific Insitute for the Mathematical Sciences 

Other Information: 
Conference Dates & Location:

May 21- 24, 2019

Main Meeting Venue:Earth Sciences Building

2207Main Mall, UBC. V6T1Z4



Call for poster presentations:

The call for poster presentation is now closed.


Applications for funding (travel and accommodation):

Applications for funding are now closed. 




A discounted room block for the conference is now available at UBC ponderosa Studios and premium single rooms in the Gage Tower apartments. 


Ponderosa Studios: Private studio room with double bed in bed sitting room with phone and internet. Sleeps one or two people. TV, washroom with shower (no bathtub). Fully equipped kitchen. Suite does not have air conditioning. Rate: $149/night


Premium Single Rooms at Gage Towers: this room option is now fully booked.


Follow the link below to book your accommodation. 

 *Clean Energy Room  Block* 



Industry Sponsors:

If your company would likle to sponsor a component of the program orhost an infromation table during the event, please contact Ruth Situma




Participants should scroll to the bottom of this page and click the Sign up/Login button to register (You will be required to create a PIMS account if you do not already have one). Registration fees cover morning and afternoon coffee breaks as well as a particpant package and program*.


Early Bird Registration Fees: Until March 25, 2019, 4:00pm PST

  • Current graduate students & Postdoc fellows: $75
  • Faculty & industry particpants: $125

*No registration required for confirmed speakers.


Regular Registration Fees: After March 25, 2019, 4:00pm PST

  • Current graduate students & Postdoc fellows: $100
  • Faculty & industry particpants: $175

*No registration required for confirmed speakers.




Online Security:

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For queries or additional information, please contact Prof. Brian Marcus